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Food on Film Series 2011

May 12th, 2011 | No Comments | Posted in Announcement, Event, Featured

Food on Film, Slow Food Film Series 2011
4th Monday May-Dec. Doors open at 7, films start at 7:30pm
Schlafly Bottleworks, Crown Rm

QUEEN OF THE SUN: What Are The Bees Telling Us?
This film is a profound, alternative look at the global bee crisis from Taggart Siegel, director of The Real Dirt On Farmer John. Taking us on a journey through the catastrophic disappearance of bees and the mysterious world of the beehive, this engaging and ultimately uplifting film weaves an unusual and dramatic story of the heartfelt struggles of beekeepers, scientists and philosophers from around the world including Michael Pollan, Gunther Hauk and Vandana Shiva. Together they reveal both the problems and the solutions in renewing a culture in balance with nature.

TRUCK FARM tells the story of the small farms in America’s largest city. Using green roof technology, lightweight soil, and heirloom seeds, director, Ian Cheney, plants a vegetable garden on the only land he’s got: the bed of his Grandad’s old pickup truck. Once the mobile garden begins to sprout, viewers are trucked across the city to see New York’s funkiest urban farms, and to find out if a big city can learn to feed itself. Blending serious exposition with serious silliness, Truck Farm entreats viewers to ponder the future of urban farming, and to consider whether sustainability needs a dose of whimsy to be truly sustainable.
a short.

FOOD BEWARE (Original title: Nos enfants nous accuseront)
Directed by Jean-Paul Jaud
For the first time ever, our children are growing up less healthy than we are. Why is this happening? FOOD BEWARE begins with a visit to a small village in France, where the town’s mayor has decided to make the school lunch menu organic and locally grown. It then talks to a wide variety of people with differing perspectives to find common ground – children, parents, teachers, health care workers, farmers, elected officials, scientists, researchers and the victims of illnesses themselves. Revealed in these moving and often surprising conversations are the abuses of the food industry, the competing interests of agribusiness and public health, the challenges and rewards of safe food production, and the practical solutions that we can all take part in. FOOD BEWARE is food for thought – and a blueprint for a growing revolution.

NOURISH: Food + Community
What’s the story of my food? Where did it come from, and how did it get to me? Food connects us to some of the most important questions of our time, the food choices we make – individually and as a society. Telling the real story of food with beautiful visuals and inspiring people, this empowering film teaches us that every food choice we make can create a ripple effect felt around the world.
This 30 min. PBS Special includes 11 shorts. Among the offerings: Supermarket Secrets with Michael Pollan, Edible Education with Alice Waters, and Herbs with Jamie Oliver.

DIVE! Living Off America’s Waste
Every year in American we throw away 96 billion pounds of food.
That’s 263 million pounds a day. 11 million pounds an hour. 3,000 pounds a second.
Inspired by a curiosity about society’s careless habit of sending food straight to landfills, the multi award-winning documentary DIVE! follows filmmaker Jeremy Seifert and friends as they dumpster dive in the back alleys and gated garbage receptacles of Los Angeles’ supermarkets. In the process, they salvage thousands of dollars worth of good, edible food – resulting in an eye-opening documentary that is equal parts entertainment, guerilla journalism and call to action.

2 ANGRY MOMS is a documentary film that asks the question: What happens when fed-up moms try to change school food? Filmmaker Amy Kalafa crosses the country in search of alternatives to the toxic food environment found in many of our nations schools. This film offers successful and often inspirational examples of how to improve school food programs and make a difference in both the health of each child and the long-term health of the country.

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